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    Graduating from Basic Training(01:25)

    At the graduation ceremony following Basic Training, new Army Soldiers and their parents share their feelings. The graduation gives Soldiers a chance to reunite with their families before heading to Advanced Individual Training (AIT).

    At AIT, each Soldier trains for his or her specific job or MOS (Military Occupational Specialty). The length of AIT varies based on a Soldier’s MOS, and some of the courses taken at AIT count toward college credits.

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Speaker 1: My name is Pvt. Eric Green, and I just completed Basic Training at Fort Leonard Wood, Mo.

Speaker 2: Good morning, everybody.

Crowd: Good morning!

Speaker 1: Today is the end of Basic Training and the beginning of AIT, a very good day for us. It's sad because I'm leaving a platoon that I've grown to love and care about so much, but prepared and ready for my next obstacle ahead.

Speaker 3: We've always taught our kids to love their country. Seeing my son being part of the Armed Forces makes me very proud.

Speaker 4: Basic Training has increased my physical ability, but I think even more so increased the ability of my mind to push myself to my limits.

Speaker 5: Kelly always had something within her that, if she wasn't motivated for a new challenge, she was never really happy.

Speaker 6: We can't praise her enough for what she's done and what she's accomplished.

Speaker 7: The changes that I've made here are some very important ones, learning respect for myself and for other individuals. It's an amazing transformation that you see in yourself and every Soldier who comes in with you. From civilian to warrior, we are warriors.